California HS subject of lawsuit into alleged hazing and sexual beatings within football program

by Jeff Fisher

Oak Hills Bulldogs footballAnother story about alleged hazing and “sexual beatings” within a high school football program is surfacing, this time in California.

The Daily Press in Victorville is reporting that attorney John Manley has filed a complaint against Oak Hills High School, the Hesperia School District and its head football coach Robert Kistner, an assistant coach and a former volunteer coach on behalf of parents of a student who is said to have endured hazing rituals of a sexual nature while he was on the school’s football team.

According to the story — The complaints also allege that supervisors and coaches refused to acknowledge the activity and were “negligent,” even “encouraging, tolerating and sanctioning” the behavior.

Last year, Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey and Central Bucks High School in Pennsylvania shut-down their programs for the remainder of the 2014 season after hazing was uncovered within both programs.  Both teams have fired their coaches and the programs will resume for the 2015 season.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.